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University of Waterloo Library
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
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This toolkit is designed to support you in turning the Ontario government's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation, that directs university policy and library procedures, into everyday practices in your library or department.
The AODA's five standards give concrete directions for making the province's services and resources accessible. All of our accessibility initiatives should support the AODA's four principles:
- Dignity – self-respect and the respect of others
- Independence – do things without unnecessary help from others
- Integration – same service, same way
- Equal Opportunity – same options, chances and benefits
The standards: how to comply
- Customer Service Standard
- Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation
- Making Ontario Accessible: Information and resources from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. Includes videos, tips and real-life stories.
- Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries: from the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).
- Accessible Campus: Resources from Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
- AODA Accessibility Initiatives at Waterloo
- Quick Reference & Helpful Information: Fact sheets on commonly asked accessibility questions and other resources related to accessibility (from the COU Accessibility Toolkit). Includes a section on legislation and regulations in Ontario related to accessibility (from COU).
- The Ontario Human Rights Code: The AODA uses the definition of 'disability' found in the code, which has provided equal rights and opportunities and freedom from discrimination for persons with disabilities since 1962. Resources include:
- Disability and human rights (includes sections on duty to accommodate and accommodation responsibilities)
- Working Together: the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
- Human Rights eLearning series
- Planning for Inclusion: Checklists to assist with inclusive planning.
- UN Enable - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities